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  • Pike in danger once again in Ireland!

    Once again the IFI (Inland Fisheries Ireland) are to recommence Gill-netting, a “suppose” stock control method for Pike population in the wild brown trout lakes. Those operations are to be conducted on the following lakes: Corrib, Mask, Conn, Carra, Cullin and Arrow.

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    This despite gill-netting having been proven to be inefficient but also after the IFI themselves delivering the news that Pike are a native to Ireland back in 2014! Something that the IFI agreed to was to release any pike over 85cm from the nets and back in the lakes but video evidence has since proved this procedure is not follow and many pike do not make it back alive. Needless to say this has to stop and if you want to help I invite you to sign THIS PETITION online to get our voices heard.

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    Here is a video of just how bad things are:

    How smartphones can help you with fishing trips

    How smartphones can help you with fishing trips

    They say that when you need some time to relax and unwind, go fishing; and, devices like smartphones should be the first thing you should leave behind to avoid external distractions. But, various digital technologies, including mobile devices, have proven to be effective tools for beginner and even advanced fisherman and anglers, according to the Oxford Journals.

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    Mobile apps

    Most things nowadays have a mobile app equivalent, including fishing and angling websites, journals and events. This is because mobile Internet consumption and smartphone ownership has exceeded other computing devices, according to the creators of mobile slots portal, Pocketfruity. Because of this spike in mobile usage, the fishing industry is benefitting from a slew of useful apps, and here are our suggested apps for you to download:

    • Collins Fishing Flies is the best resource for fly fishers as it comes with more than 1,000 images of fly patterns that you can follow for both saltwater and freshwater fishing. It comes with a variety of flies used around the world when angling, and you can search them instantly by species or location.
    • My Fishing Advisor will be your go-to Android app when you need check on the weather forecast. It gives you all the environmental details you need before you leave, including moon phase, temperature, and spawning patterns. The application also comes with suggestions for when and where to fish.
    • Navionic is not sold as a fishing app, but its wealth of seafarer information can help you on your journey. The app comes with a list of fishing hotspots, a navigation tool, and weather and tidal data.

    Fishing tech accessories
    Yes, there are various startups and brands that have introduced fishing tech that can be controlled via smartphones to help fishermen and anglers. In 2014, Gizmag featured FishHunter’s ReelSonar that helps seafarer’s detect where fishes are swimming. However, because it is powered by Bluetooth, it can have its restrictions. Then, there’s the Aguadrone that has a wider range and can fly to where the fishes are so you can get there quicker. It is controlled by your smartphone through an app. There are various fishing technologies out there, and commonly you can see them being introduced as crowdfunding projects.

    Connect with other anglers
    For beginners, you want to get as much information from those experienced anglers and fishermen as possible to help you hone your craft. With your smartphone at hand, you can connect with them instantly through a website or an application. FishBrain introduced a mobile application where you can connect with like-minded anglers and follow their fishing journey. It can even update you if you’re near any fishing waters and give you a run down of any experienced fishermen who frequent the area. The application also comes with a huge amount of information about fishes (more than 1.7 million kinds), and some helpful automated environmental data to plan your trip accordingly.

    Photo Credit: John Piekos via Compfight cc

    Leitrim May Trip

    Back from a 3 days fishing trip in the great County of Leitrim, having booked in advance we headed knowing the weather was going to be challenging ….
    Place of stay was at Drumcoura Lake Resort & Equestrian Centre, a place I well recommend if you are heading with a bunch of friends, it is literally in the heart of a well known Coarse fishing area.

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    Over the course of 3 days we visited river, lake and canal. The canal proving the best of venue with the weather more than challenging: strong gust and rain on both Saturday and Sunday and water temperature not at their seasonal levels! Add to this the roach/bream spawning time looming and it made for a difficult weekend fishing. One solution which worked every time it was tried was to cast in a deadbait to tempt a passing Pike and so a few were caught, albeit on the low end of the scale (including 3 tiny Pike on the centre-pin on maggots!).

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    As said the canal in Ballinamore was to be the venue overall with Hybrids and Bream finally responding on the Sunday around mid day, this despite a fairly strong flow and coloured water due to heavy rain on Saturday overnight. I managed only 4 fish that day but again considering the conditions it kept me happy!

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    Mike managed 10lbs of mixed Hybrids/Bream, we all were using a similar feeder method, casting heavy feeder on the opposite bank regularly with either a few maggots or worm. A pre-baiting session at Garadice’s produce zero bites on Saturday morning and a visit to a lesser known tench lake was also met with little action! Some pics of the better weather on Sunday around lunchtime at Ballinamore Marina:

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    Monday morning before departure was a second trip to a river nearby where the fishing was looking promising on Friday evening but once again the conditions were against us with a very strong flow and colour in the water making trotting hard work!

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      Finally here is a little video timelapse of the trip 🙂